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Old 11-04-2008, 05:03 PM   #1
Registered: Apr 2004
Location: Warrington, Cheshire, UK
Distribution: Linux Mint 12 LXDE
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Finally ditched Windows

It's been a long time coming,(more than 5 years), but I've finally found a desktop distro that works seamlessly with my hardware and allows me to do everything I could do in Windows.

It was shear chance that I bought a magazine with Mandriva 2008.1 Spring Live on the cover and decided to give it a run.
I was decidedly impressed and so installed it on my hard drive's Linux space in place of Debian, which I felt had had a good innings.

From that time, more than 6 months ago now, I have used Mandriva exclusively, never once booting into Windows.
So with the release of Mandriva 2009, I have formatted my hard drive and given the whole 120Gb over to Mandriva.

And so my migration to Linux has happened at last.

May I offer a big thankyou to the Mandriva team; keep up the good work.
Old 11-04-2008, 05:39 PM   #2
Registered: Aug 2006
Location: London
Distribution: Debian, Kubuntu
Posts: 572

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Nice one!

I went a very similar path - magazine with Knoppix, playing with Red Hat for a year, then trying out other distros. So when SUSE 10.0 came out - the very first distro to work flawlessly with my hardware, I completely lost the need for a Windows partition.

Also I've been hearing some good things about Mandriva for a long time now (for KDE user Mandriva apparently beats Kubuntu hands down). Strangely Mandriva is actually the only mainstream distro I've never tried over the years. Maybe it's time to give it a go?

(my problem with Kubuntu is it's well below par when it comes to KDE polish compared to, say, openSUSE but it does have great hardware support and, most importantly, is Debian-based)
Old 11-04-2008, 06:48 PM   #3
Registered: Apr 2005
Location: Timaru, New Zealand
Distribution: Linux Mint 9
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I moved from Windoze four years ago and when reading your comments Mikieboy, tried to encapsulate, in one word, my main gain apart from the wonderful relief in no longer having just one Windoze problem after another to fix. I think, that one word is 'control.' I have control of my machine, I can fix it when things go wrong and I not longer feel 'under' an agenda set by purely commercial interests - particularly where those interests lack integrity. Several times I have used the flexibility Linux offers to change my distribution and whatever I want to know, I have found the Linux community wonderfully helpful. I haven't been able to contribute much on these forums as my knowledge is not great but bearing in mind you no longer need Windoze, I thought you would be encouraged to hear that, having set up a raft of neighbours and friends on Linux, I see almost all of them do not need Windoze on their machines either.

Smiles, Phidor.
Old 11-11-2008, 12:23 AM   #4
Registered: Feb 2006
Location: Colorado
Distribution: sabayon
Posts: 180
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Wink Nice Job

Nice Job mikieboy.
There's a whole world out there that does not need Windows. I've noticed the need for Windows drop. I am a musician. I needed ProTools (and therefore Windows) to do my recordings--until I got Ardour to run. Bye-Bye Bill. He'll never get another dime from me.

Last edited by portamenteff; 11-11-2008 at 12:24 AM. Reason: mispelled other user's name.


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